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CDC Announces January Briefing on Precautions in Event of Nuclear Detonation
06 January 2018, 07:43 | Melissa Porter
WAR The talk on January 16 will focus on critical survival skills
However, "planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illnesses", the CDC says.
"For instance, most people don't realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation", the CDC said in its statement.
"Learn how planning and preparation efforts for a nuclear detonation are similar and different from other emergency response planning efforts".
The government is set to hold a briefing on how to prepare emergency responders for a potential nuclear detonation, in the unlikely event of an attack on American soil. It may not make the use of nukes more likely, but it may make their use more acceptable.
Previously, Donald Trump responded North-Korea's "threats", as he considered them, saying that he was going to act with "fire and fury".
During the annual New Year's Day speech, North-Korea's Supreme Leader said that he had a nuclear button on his desk and that the USA was within the range of his weapons.
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TENSIONS Both Trump and Kim further heightened nuclear fears this week
Earlier this week, one of Trump's tweets boasted about the size of his "nuclear button" and how it's "much bigger & more powerful" than North Korea's. The event will be held January 16. When the "unthinkable" becomes "thinkable", we enter a new, unsafe world where using nuclear weapons is no longer a last desperate option, but rather an integral part of war fighting.
CDC's briefing comes amid increasing threat of a nuclear attack by North Korea with its leader Kim Jong Un threatening in his New Year's speech: "The entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office".
Equally unsettling is the image of a nuclear mushroom cloud on the webpage advertising the event.
And in December, Hawaii started monthly testing of a nuclear warning siren system - the first such tests since the end of the Cold War.
"As part of its mission, CDC provides for the common defense of the country against all health threats", spokesperson Kathy Harben wrote in an email. "Planning for the Grand Rounds takes place regularly, and planning for this one began last April".
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